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COVID-19 Updates

 
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18 May 2020

We're all in this together

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The Queensland Government has announced that students in Years 7–10 will return to school on Monday 25th May 2020.

This announcement means that from 25th May, all of our students can return to school. I join our entire school team in warmly welcoming your child back. We have missed them.

The decision to return to school for all Queensland students is supported by Queensland's Chief Health Officer and aligns with progressive easing of restrictions as part of the Government's response to COVID-19.

Frequently asked questions are available to help you understand how we will implement a safe transition back to school. This includes hygiene practices such as effective hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, and restricting visitors to the school.

Advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) states that physical distancing is not required for students during classroom activities. However, it is still required between adults. I therefore ask parents and carers to pay particular attention to the requirement for adults to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times while on school grounds. At this time we are still not taking face-to-face meetings, but please don't hesitate to contact staff should you have the need.

If your child is unwell, it is essential that you keep them at home. In accordance with Queensland Health Directions, parents or carers of any child showing signs of illness will be asked to collect them immediately from the school.

I understand that some parents and carers may choose to keep their child at home due to special circumstances, medical vulnerability, or concerns about the risk of COVID-19 transmission. If you do not intend for your child to return to normal school attendance from Monday 25 May 2020, you must notify the school and discuss with your child's relevant Deputy Principal an appropriate approach to continuing their learning.

If you choose to keep your child at home, you remain responsible for their supervision and their learning. The classroom teacher is not responsible for providing an alternative home-based learning program for students where parents elect to keep these students at home. The learning@home website will remain available and will continue to be updated throughout Term 2 with new resources for students in Prep to Year 10. Students will also be able to view quality curriculum-based television programs on three different stations – programming information can be found on the learning@home website.

For students who have a medical reason requiring them to remain at home or in isolation, our school will make arrangements to support their learning at home just as they would in the case of any extended student medical absence.

On behalf of all staff, I sincerely thank you for your patience and support over recent weeks and months. The positive feedback from our school community and the willingness of parents and carers to partner with us in support of your children's learning has been greatly appreciated.

Regards

Natasha Bunn

Principal



5 May 2020

We're all in this together

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The Premier has announced that from Monday 11 May, 2020, students in Kindy, Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 will be able to return to their school and community kindergarten.

Children of essential workers and vulnerable children will continue to be able to attend school for supervision.  If you have other circumstances that mean you would like your child to attend school, please contact the school office us to discuss this.

For students in Years 2 – 10, the current home-based learning arrangements will remain in place.  If the low COVID-19 transmission rates continue, students in Years 2 – 10 will be able to return to school from Monday 25 May, 2020. Confirmation of this step will be made by 15 May 2020. 

It is recognised that some parents may choose to keep your child at home due to concerns about COVID-19 and this is respected.  If parents choose for a child from one of these two year levels to remain home and participate in learning at home, the student will be counted as attending school and failure to attend processes will not be initiated. It is essential that parents/carers continue to advise their child's school of any absence. The classroom teacher is not responsible for providing an alternative home-based learning program for students in Year 11 or Year 12 where parents elect to keep these students at home.

Frequently asked questions are available to assist you understand how schools will be implementing the transition back to school-based learning. This includes hygiene practices such as effective hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, restricting visitors to the school and reminding you to notify our school if your child will not attend.

I ask parents and carers to pay particular attention to the requirement for adults to maintain physical distancing of 1.5m at all times if you need to be on school grounds. Parents and carers should not gather in areas around the school such as carparks, at the school gate and outside classrooms during this time. Please make use of our stop, drop and go area wherever possible.

It is essential that you keep your child home from school if they are unwell. In accordance with Queensland Health Directions parents or carers of any child showing signs of illness will be asked to collect them immediately from the school.

If your child is in Years 7 – 10, their teacher will continue to deliver prepared lessons and materials via home-based learning, as they have over the last two weeks. Additional resources are also available at The Learning Place and learning@home website, which includes details about Learning@Home TV programs.

Learning@home TV, is broadcast on channel 7TWO from 8.30–10.30am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (excluding public holidays) and features Queensland curriculum-based lessons prepared and delivered by some of Queensland's outstanding school teachers. Content will cover English, Mathematics and Science lessons, along with health and wellbeing segments, and special guest appearances.

In addition, the Department of Education is also launching reading@home TV on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8.30–9.00am on channel 9GO and coding@home TV on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11.30am to 12.00pm on 10 Peach. Both of these programs begin this week to further support children in their home-based learning.

The decision to return Kindy, Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 back to school is an important next step towards returning to our regular school routines and I will continue to update you as soon as any new information becomes available.

Our staff have greatly appreciated all the positive feedback that has been provided to them over the last few weeks. My sincere thanks goes to all parents and caregivers for your support and understanding during these challenging times.

Yours sincerely

Natasha Bunn

Principal


15 April 2020

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Wednesday 15th April 2020

Dear Biloela State High School Community

At this time, we do not have any reported cases of COVID-19 at Biloela State High School.

We will continue to provide timely updates via:

  • Email
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • SMS alert to inform of updates

Term 2 arrangements: Weeks 1–5

The Queensland Government has decided that, in order to reinforce social distancing across the community and slow the spread of COVID-19, students will move to a home-based learning model from 20 April 2020 until at least 22 May 2020 (Weeks 1 to 5 of Term 2).  A decision about the remainder of Term 2 will be made by mid-May.  During this period, all students who are able to be supervised at home and learn from home are to stay home.

As was the case for the student-free days prior to school break, there will be exceptions for some students who will continue to be able to attend school:

  • those whose parents or carers work in essential roles and must attend their workplace and cannot access alternative care
  • students identified as vulnerable
  • students in designated Indigenous communities.

Each week, we will ask parents of these children to advise the school if they require their children to be supervised at school during this period.  We anticipate that this may change weekly due to the impact of shift work for many of our families.

If your child/ren needs to attend school whilst you are attending your essential work from the 20th-24th April (week 1 of term 2) families and carers must advise the school by 3 pm this Friday 17th April via:

  • Email – admin@biloelashs.eq.edu.au
  • Phone message : 4992 8660
  • SMS Text – reply to IDAttend SMS

Students who attend school will be supervised to participate in the online learning that is provided by their teacher.  They will not be participating in face-to-face learning with their normal classroom teacher other than in the online format.

Preparing for home learning

We acknowledge this is a challenging time for you and your child as you prepare to help them to learn from home. Our teachers and school staff have been working hard to plan for this approach and have developed learning programs that best suit the students at our school. Your child's teacher has emailed your child during the last week of Term 1 to advise the mode of online learning to be implemented for each of their subjects.  Our teachers will be using one of the following options.  The option that each teacher uses depends on the online learning platform that they have already established with their classes.

Option 1:  SharePoint only

Teachers will upload each lesson to SharePoint.  The resources required for each lesson will be in the lesson folder.

Option 2:  One Note Class Notebook only

Teachers will communicate all lessons to their class in the Content library or Collaboration space of the Class Notebook.

Option 3:  One Note Class Notebook and SharePoint

Teachers will use a combination of both as detailed above.

We understand that some families may not have access to IT resources. Paper resources for students who we were able to identify as not being able to access online learning were posted home on the final day of term 1.  These families are also able to contact the school to discuss the possibility of loaning a school device to your child during the next few weeks if needed.

You may wish to explore the Department of Education's range of learning@home parent resources online at https://education.qld.gov.au/curriculum/learning-at-home.  The department is also working with television networks to develop new televised educational programs that will be broadcast on TV a number of days a week.  Further information about these programs will be made available in the near future.

Please know that we are here to support you and your children.  With our preparation and guidance and your support, we are confident that students will continue to learn and grow in Term 2.

To support parents and carers, some tips have been put together to make the transition easier:

  • Treat the first week as a 'starting school' or orientation type of week. Not everything will go to plan, and it might take a while to work out how to find and use the right resources and understand what's best for you and your child. The 'how to' will come first, and then the learning.
  • Remember that your child's teacher usually divides their attention between up to 28 students who all work at different paces and need different levels of support. Whilst students will follow their usual timetable, they may not need to use all of the allocated lesson time over the week to get their work completed however, the allocated lesson time is when the classroom teacher will be online and able to support students with their learning.   Student timetables are accessible via OneSchool and the instructions will be emailed to each student.  Please ensure your child monitors their emails and reads all communications.
  • Where students are unable to work during this time, they are expected to complete each lesson and communicate with their teacher as they complete set tasks.
  • This situation presents an opportunity for students to find out more about themselves as learners and to become more confident in self-directing their learning. Encourage your child to take responsibility for not only learning but also for staying in touch with their teacher, their class and their friends and community.
  • If your child is finding a task difficult, make suggestions and answer questions, but try to let them figure things out for themselves as much as possible. Give them opportunities, where appropriate, to take control of their own learning.
  • Remember this is new for us, too. You can help us succeed by letting us know if you're unsure about something and emailing your child's teacher for support.

Further information on supporting your child, maintaining healthy learning routines and setting up a learning space at home can be found at https://education.qld.gov.au/curriculum/learning-at-home/wellbeing-of-students

While there will be some adjustments along the way as we learn together, our teachers are here to support your child's learning. Please stay connected with your teacher, to our school and to one another.

Thank you

Thank you for the support you are providing both your child and the school during these difficult times. You would have seen that all over Australia and the world, schooling systems are experiencing the same challenges with many countries also moving to home-based learning in response to COVID-19.

Our dedicated teachers and support staff continue to be here to teach and support your child. Together we will be learning and doing all we can to support you in this new mode of home-based learning. We assure you we will continue to maintain close contact with you over the next few weeks to provide learning for your child and together we will support each other and see all of our students continue to grow.   

As always, we will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.

Yours sincerely

LINDA HOLMAN
Principal


1 April 2020

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Dear Biloela State High School Community

At this time, we do not have any reported cases of COVID-19 at Biloela State High School.

We will continue to provide timely updates via:
  • Email
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • SMS alert to inform of updates
The recent steps that we have taken have been to:
  • Cancel the current Musical schedule
  • Continue to work with camp providers to maximise refunds
Online learning

Our teachers will be using one of the following options.  The option that each teacher uses depends on the online learning platform that they have already established with their classes.

Option 1:  SharePoint only

Teachers will upload each lesson to SharePoint.  The resources required for each lesson will be in the lesson folder.

Option 2:  One Note Class Notebook only

Teacher will communicate all lessons to their class in the Content library or Collaboration space of the Class Notebook.

Option 3:  One Note Class Notebook and SharePoint

Teachers will use a combination of both as detailed above.

Each teacher will communicate with their students by Friday 3rd April via email to explain which online learning platform they will be using.  Instructions will be given to each student to detail how to access their lesson materials for their first lesson on either Monday 20th April or Tuesday 21st April, whenever their first lesson occurs.  Please ensure your child monitors their emails and reads this communication.

Students will be following their timetabled lesson times.  Their teacher will be available to them during these times.  Where students are unable to work during this time, they will be expected to complete each lesson and communicate with their teacher as they complete set tasks.

Non-digital learning

We have identified the students who do not have access to technology (device and/or internet) and are preparing ‘learning packages’ for them.  These will be delivered by Australia Post and we will have them in the mail on Friday 3rd April.  The work provided in these packages is for the first two weeks of term 2.  Students will need to work on these materials in their timetabled lesson times.  Should work beyond week 2 be required, we will organise this.

Please see the attached supporting policy to provide more detail pertaining to online learning in our current and evolving situation.

As always, we will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.
Yours sincerely
LINDA HOLMAN
Principal

We're all in this together

Thursday 26 March 2020

Dear Biloela State High School Community

The Queensland Government has today announced that an additional five (5) Student Free Days will be in place next week, from Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April inclusive.  This means that while schools will remain open to teachers and children of essential workers, Term 1 break will start early for all other students and they will not attend school next week.

Essential workers are those that must currently continue to attend their workplace during this difficult time. This includes early childhood and school staff. Biloela State High School will be providing supervision for children of these workers if they attend school next week. Please note that tuckshop will not be operating next week.

If you feel that your child fits this criteria and you need your child to be supervised so that you can attend work, please contact the school office tomorrow (Friday 27 March).

The Student Free Days have been provided to allow Queensland state school staff opportunities to plan for continuity of student learning in the event that the education sector needs to move to flexible and remote learning at the commencement of Term 2.

At this time, we do not have any reported cases of COVID-19 at Biloela State High School.

We will continue to provide timely updates via:

  • Email
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • SMS alert to inform of updates

The steps that we have taken in the last 24 hours has been:

  • To cancel the year 10 Emu Gully Camp and year 12 Ski Trip. We are working to calculate the amount of money we are able to refund to each student. We aim to be in contact soon to inform parents/carers of this.
  • To inform students that, for their health and safety, they are no longer able to bring any form of sports equipment to school including basketballs, handballs and footballs.

Financial hardship: Please contact the office to make a phone appointment with Michelle McMahon to discuss any financial concerns you may have.

Whilst there are many challenges in multiple aspects of our lives, there are also many things to be grateful for. Biloela State High School is well positioned to be able to continue learning in digital formats due to the move in 2019 to become a BYOD school. I must acknowledge the vision and excellent leadership of Ms Heather Murry in driving this educational initiative. We are now reaping the rewards and able to transition student learning in this challenging situation.

I am also pleased to be able to announce Ms Natasha Bunn will be our new Principal from Term 2. Whilst the announcement is able to be shared we unsure of whether or not the COVID-19 situation will impact on her expected start date for term 2. The Executive Leadership Team has been able to speak with Ms Bunn and she is very excited to be joining our school community as our Principal.  

Yours sincerely

LINDA HOLMAN

Principal

25 March 2020

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Wednesday 25 March 2020

Dear Biloela State High School Community

As per the address from our Prime Minister, Biloela State High School remains open at this time. You are able to keep your child/ren home if you believe that this is the best option for your family. Should you choose to keep your child/ren from school at this time, it is your responsibility to support them to engage in learning and to ensure that crucial social distancing guidelines are being followed.

At this time, we do not have any reported cases of COVID-19 at Biloela State High School.

Our daily communications will be:

  • Email
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • SMS alert to inform of updates

The steps that we have taken in the last 24 hours has been:

  • To cancel Roadcraft planned for 29 April – 1 May
  • To re-assess the feasibility of events planned for term 2
  • To implement an additional 2-3 hours per day of cleaning

Attendance:  We continue to respect your decisions to keep your child/ren at home and thank you for communicating your decisions to our office staff. When advising the office, we need to know the length of time your child/ren will be away (the current school day or for the remainder of this term) and the reason for their absence (sick or due to COVID-19).   We ask you to advise us using the dedicated phone line for student absence which is 4992 8660.

Assessment: Families who are choosing to self-isolate need to keep their child/ren at home for the entire school day. We cannot have students attending for partial days or single lessons to complete assessment. Any missed assessment will be part of a broader decision as guided by the Department of Education for all state school students in Queensland. As information becomes available, we will ensure to communicate this to our school community.

At home school learning: To assist your children if you have chosen to keep them at home, all students have access to SharePoint. Students are familiar with this and have been using it at school. Staff are currently in the process of uploading work to this site – students are encouraged to use this in the first instance. In addition, teaching and learning resources are also available through the learning@home website.  

Financial hardship: Please contact the office to make a phone appointment with Michelle McMahon to discuss any financial concerns you may have.

Yours sincerely

LINDA HOLMAN

Principal

24 March 2020

We're all in this together

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Dear Biloela State High School Community

We understand the national shut down of identified non-essential services affects many of our families who will now be facing extraordinary circumstances. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

We recognise that this unprecedented situation does not come with a clear set of directions or guidelines that allow us to answer all questions, however, we are continuing to do our best to work through concerns raised by the community and how we can support our students at this time.

At this time, we do not have any reported cases of COVID-19 at Biloela State High School.

Our daily communications will be:

  • Email
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • SMS alert to inform of updates

The steps that we have taken in the last 24 hours has been:

  • To cease contact and close contact sports within curriculum delivery
  • Additional cleaning routines have been implemented through the day to help with hygiene of high contact points such as door handles, student desks and switches.

Attendance:  Many of you have shared your concerns regarding attendance in relation to participation in extra-curricular activities. In these extreme times, your focus needs to be about making the right decision for your family. We will not be using attendance data for the period of time impacted by COVID-19. When making decisions regarding student eligibility for extra-curricular activities this data will not be considered. This includes, but is not limited to, the senior formal and ski trip.   

Communication around attendance: We greatly appreciate that many parents/carers have been contacting us to inform of student absence. When advising the office, we need to know the length of time your child/ren will be away (the current school day or for the remainder of this term) and the reason for their absence (sick or due to COVID-19). We ask you to advise us using the dedicated phone line for student absence which is 4992 8660.

Assessment: Students that have been attending school have completed assessment as normal. Some assessment pieces have been able to be submitted to their teachers via email. The impact of COVID-19 on student grades will require significant consideration and we will be waiting on advice on how to proceed.

At home school learning: To assist your children if you have chosen to keep them at home, all students have access to SharePoint.  Students are familiar with this and have been using it at school. Staff are currently in the process of uploading work to this site – students are encouraged to use this in the first instance. In addition, teaching and learning resources are also available through the learning@home website.

Yours sincerely

LINDA HOLMAN

Principal

23 March 2020

We're all in this together

Monday 23 March 2020

Dear Biloela State High School Community

In his press conference on 22 March 2020, the Prime Minister again outlined that schools are an essential part of our communities and will remain open at this time.

It is entirely reasonable for parents to elect to keep their children home during this time, however they have been asked to notify their child's school of this decision. Absences should be recorded using the absence reason code 'O – Other' and 'COVID-19' in the free text field as this is considered a reasonable excuse.

To assist your children if you have chosen to keep them at home, all students have access to SharePoint. Students are familiar with this and have been using it at school. Staff are currently in the process of uploading work to this site – students are encouraged to use this in the first instance. In addition, teaching and learning resources are also available through the learning@home website.

At this time, we do not have any reported cases of COVID-19 at Biloela State High School.

Our daily communications will be:

  • Email
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • SMS alert to inform of updates

The steps that we have taken in the last 24 hours has been:

  • To put musical rehearsals on hold until further notice
  • To continue planning for the year 12 ski trip and senior formal
  • To close the school gym
  • From tomorrow, Tuesday 24 March, any students presenting to school with flu like symptoms parents/carers will be contacted immediately and students will be sent home. If you are unable to pick your child up, they will remain in sick bay until such time as they can be collected or the end of the school day.

We acknowledge the enormous pressure that our staff are working under. This is a stressful time for everyone and we are committed to maintaining a positive school environment for your children.

Thank you for your patience in this time of uncertainty. The Executive Leadership Team have met throughout today to operationalise changes to our school routines to comply with the current government position of schools remaining open.

We really are in unchartered waters and you will continue to have questions and concerns that we may not have even thought about. Our main priority is the health and wellbeing of our school community as a whole.

Yours sincerely

LINDA HOLMAN

Principal

20 March 2020

We're all in this together

Friday 20 March 2020

Dear Biloela State High School Community

I appreciate that there is a lot of information being provided to you as we work through the evolving impacts on everyone which COVID-19 brings.   The Executive Leadership continues to evaluate the information that we receive to determine the next best steps for our whole school community.   We thank you for your support in implementing the very important and essential changes to our normal operations. We will continue to monitor the situation over the weekend.

While recognising that some families are electing to take their children out of school, state schools remain open at this time as advised by all of Australia's Chief Health Officers.

I once again urge you to access the resources are available from the Australian Government including:

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources

At this time, we do not have any reported cases of COVID-19 at Biloela State High School.

Our daily communications will be:

  • Email
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • SMS alert to inform of updates

The steps that we have taken in the last 24 hours has been:

  • Ongoing education for students to engage in hygienic and social distancing practises
  • As per the announcement by the Queensland Government we are working to adjust normal cleaning routines
  • From Monday 23 March:
    • There will be no face to face meetings with parents/carers
    • ALL parent/carer communications will occur over the phone or via email
    • Please consider if your business with the school can be conducted by a different mode i.e. phone, email, SMS
    • Volunteers, parents/carers and community members will no longer be permitted to enter the school site
    • Reduced student traffic through the tuckshop
    • The bottom oval will be closed during lunch breaks

Bodies external to Biloela State High School have:

  • CANCELLED NAPLAN for 2020

I am pleased to share that our router installation occurred yesterday and is operational today. This is the planned upgrade which has resulted in improved bandwidth to support student and teacher access to digital learning.

Yours sincerely

LINDA HOLMAN

Principal

19 March 2020

We're all in this together

Thursday 19 March 2020

Dear Biloela State High School Community

As we have learned over recent weeks, social distancing is a key element of the containment strategy for COVID-19.  The Australian Government updated new social distancing directions – and this now includes a new and lower threshold of 100 people for indoor non-essential gatherings.  

I urge our whole community to review the advice from Queensland Health and the Australian Department of Health in particular advice for public gatherings and visits to vulnerable groups.

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-public-gatherings-and-visits-to-vulnerable-groups

At this time, we do not have any reported cases of COVID-19 at Biloela State High School.

Our daily communications will be:

  • Email
  • Website
  • Facebook

The steps that we have taken in the last 24 hours has been:

  • Continued review of our school calendar and have decided that:
    • Friday 20 March will be the last day for swimming in Health and Physical Education
    • All learning activities will remain onsite at Biloela State High School for the foreseeable future
  • Re-arranged all classrooms so that desks are arranged in exam style to promote social distancing
  • Limiting the use of the Resource Centre to ensure that less than 100 people are in that space at any one time
  • Continued access to the toilet block for students to wash their hands between Period 1 and Period 2
  • Ongoing education for students to engage in hygienic and social distancing practises
  • Adjust normal cleaning routines including wiping down all desks, door handles and other high traffic areas contracted by students and staff on a daily basis

We wish to advise that bodies external to Biloela State High School have:

  • CANCELLED from Monday 23 March Anglicare will not provide face to face services to our school
  • POSTPONED NAIDOC Week Ceremonies

During a prolonged event like this, can I please ask you to continue to look out for your own wellbeing and that of our community members who may require support and advice.

I am pleased to share that our WiFi is operational today to support digital learning and teaching. I would like to acknowledge the good work of all staff of the Biloela State High School team. Everyone is approaching this challenge looking for solutions and supporting each other.

 

Yours sincerely
LINDA HOLMAN
Principal

18 March 2020

Dear Biloela State High School Community

The wellbeing of students continues to be our foremost priority. You will find attached Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Information to support children and young people to assist you to answer your children's questions at this time.

https://biloelashs.eq.edu.au/supportandresources/formsanddocuments/documents/coronavirus-fact-sheet-for-parents.pdf

I understand that this has been, and will continue to be, a challenging time for all members of our community. The Department of Education provides us with the information, tools and support to enable us to make decisions to support the safety and wellbeing of students, staff and their parents/carers.

At this time, we do not have any reported cases of COVID-19 at Biloela State High School.

Our daily communications will be:

  • Email
  • Website
  • Facebook

The steps that we have taken in the last 24 hours has been:

  • Continued review of our school calendar and have decided that:
    • Breakfast club will be CANCELLED for the remainder of this term
    • After school Tutoring will be CANCELLED for the remainder of this term
    • Cross Country will not occur this term
  • The Executive Leadership Team are supervising access to the toilet block for students to wash their hands between Period 1 and Period 2
  • Continued education for students to engage in hygienic and social distancing practises

We wish to advise that bodies external to Biloela State High School have:

  • CANCELLED the representative school sport program which includes district, regional, state, national, interstate and international competitions
  • CANCELLED Queensland School Sport team participation in any national, interstate or international events organised across Australia or internationally.
  • Postponed the National Day Against Bullying scheduled for this coming Friday

As the COVID-19 issue continues to evolve, we will continue to prepare contingency planning for ongoing teaching and learning.

Additionally, this morning the Wi-Fi router failed and this impacted on student and staff access to the school network and internet. We worked with our staff and regional support team to have this fixed with urgency. The failure of this piece of infrastructure was completely unexpected and an additional challenge which we have actively managed. I am extremely pleased that the Wi-Fi was fixed by 2:30 pm due to the responsiveness of our team both here and regionally. The usual expected time for this to occur is 3 school days. Teaching and learning will continue as normal for Thursday.

Yours sincerely
LINDA HOLMAN
Principal




17 March 2020 

Dear Biloela State High School Community

As we work to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your children, we are mindful of our country's efforts to minimise transmission of COVID-19 to protect our most vulnerable people.   Encouraging good hygiene, social distancing and timely decision are our priorities as school continues.

At this time, we do not have any reported cases of COVID-19 at Biloela State High School.

Our daily communications will be:

  • Email
  • Website
  • Facebook

The steps that we have taken in the last 24 hours has been:

  • Continued to review our school calendar and have decided that:
    • Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews scheduled for Wednesday 1st April are POSTPONED
    • Year 8 & 9 ASDAN Camp scheduled for Thursday 2nd to Friday 3rd April is POSTPONED
    • ANZAC Day whole school parade will be REFORMATTED to be delivered in class groups
    • School Musical: no changes at this time
  • Dissemination of COVID-19 information from Queensland Health in Care Groups today relating to good hygiene
  • Visual information sourced from Queensland Heath regarding protecting yourself and those around you and hygienic handwashing has been placed around the school
  • Information specific to Years 11 and 12 has been emailed to those students and their parents/carers
  • To consult with the P&C last night regarding our strategic approach to this emerging situation

4:00pm

We have just received notification that all Representative Sport has been cancelled. The below information has just been provided:

As our response to COVID-19 is all about containment, a decision has been made to cancel:
• the representative school sport program which includes district (Port Curtis), regional, state, national, interstate and international competitions
• Queensland School Sport team participation in any national, interstate or international events organised across Australia or internationally.

This decision is effective as of 17 March 2020 and will continue until further advice.

As further information becomes available to us, we will pass it on to our school community. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.


16 March 2020

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Last reviewed 18 May 2020
Last updated 18 May 2020